Time for Navratri, Dandiya, Garba and Chania Cholis
It’s that time of the year again, when you start receiving invites to various Dandiya and Garba nights in town! For the un-initiated – Dandya and Garba are two popular Indian dance styles performed to drum thumping musical beats and peppy Bollywood numbers!
So, what to expect at a typical Garba or Dandiya party?
Be ready to dance to feet tapping music – both ethnic Gujarati songs and the latest Bolloywood music will greet you at the party and make you join the dance floor.
You can expect the venue to be done up in bright Indian décor and colorful fabrics and drapes all around. On the dance floor, you will be provided wooden sticks called ‘dandiyas’ – to be used as props for the dance. Even if you don’t know the moves, don’t worry – just keep the sticks aside and use your hands instead - dance to the music’s beat and enjoy the party!
What to wear to a Garba or Dandiya party?
Bright colorful lehenga-cholis with traditional Indian mirror and thread work are perfect for such parties.
Shown above are traditional mirrorwork chania cholis in earthy multi-colored shades like the Sanedo Navratri Chania Choli Lengha , Colors of India Chania Choli & the Flirty Blue Threadwork Lehenga Choli
Since the dance involves a lot of twirling and moving around – your best bet would be a light weight cotton ensemble if you intend to dance away!
Pick the brightest colors – reds, yellows, oranges are most apt for a Garba party!
If you want your look to be a little more fancy and exquisite, you can opt for brocade lehenga cholis with matching blouses and net dupattas for a richer look.
Shown above are two fabulous Brocade lehengas with net dupatta & brocade blouse.
Men look best in kurta-pajamas for these parties. Add on a matching stole, and they’re ready to compliment your dress for the night!
So get ready and get going – now’s the time to go Garba dancing!